Quite an interesting thread, arriving precisely on time for me as I envisage some similar type of update of my old equipment with the exact same applications and objectives in mind.
@Crusts: I might not be as advanced as you are in this purchasing process, though, as this would still rather be a question of months on my side before I finally make such a re-investment, but my point here is to kindly ask you to let us know on this thread whether your new config - once acquired - will indeed meet your ambitions as explained above. That kind of knowledge/feedback would be very helpful.
Many thanks in advance.
Hi @Em1xam, no problem at all, so after about 2 months of researching and asking round for advice (at places like here), I purchased the specs listed below. It arrived about a week ago and I've been testing the new machine this week:
Scan Computers 3XS WA6000 Viz
ASUS PRIME X399-A Motherboard
16 Core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, 3.4GHz, 4.0 GHz Turbo CPU
8GB NVIDIA Quadro P4000 Graphics Card
250GB Samsung 960 EVO SSD + 2TB Seagate Barracuda Mechanical HD
And just for comparison, this is what I was working on before:
3.4 GHz Intel Core i5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M 2048 MB
1TB Mechanical HD (don't know what kind)
I'm really impressed with the new machine, one C4D test saw a 4 second render involving ambient occlusion and global illumination take only 3 minutes. On my old iMac the same file with the same settings took 1 hour!!! Another file saw a single frames render time go down from 50 seconds to 6 seconds! So yea, generally been blown away with it! It's great, truly a pleasure to work on, although it is taking a little adjustment getting used to the windows operating system.
Hopefully this might help you with your own purchase